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Mathematician and Award-Winning Playwright
A double U of T Grad, John Mighton earned his BA in Philosophy in 1978, and in 2000 received his PhD in Mathematics from the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences at U of T. Mighton is the founder of JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) and an award-winning playwright.
Mighton founded JUMP in 1998.
The program is designed for young children from lower-income families who cannot afford private tutoring and who do not receive enough assistance in learning mathematics.
The JUMP approach has been so successful that educators from across Canada, Australia and England have incorporated it into their curricula.
For his work in math education, Mighton has been made an honorary Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, one of the most prestigious institutes in the world.
was also awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, as a social entrepreneur for his
work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP
In 2003 he
published a book on the approach to math education JUMP uses, called The Myth of Ability and in 2007 he
published its follow up, The End of Ignorance.
Also in 2005, John Mighton
was awarded the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre which is worth $100,000. (Photo: Chris Chapman)
Siminovitch Prize in Theatre
Ronnie Burkett | Daniel Maclvor | Brigitte Haentjens | Dany Lyne | John Mighton | Jillian Keiley | Louise Campeau | Carole Fréchette | Daniel Brooks
John Mighton, Winner for Playwriting, 2005 . In awarding the 2005 Siminovitch Prize to Toronto playwright John Mighton, the jury was particularly impressed by the profound combination of intellect and heart embodied in Mr. Mighton's work.
"The writing represents a unique, singular and necessary worldview," the jury said.
"Understated in a very positive sense, his
plays are open ended and unresolved in a way that kindles and suggests possibilities.
voice possesses grace, delicacy and a gentle humanity.
line of inquiry is often shot through with a rare and fragile warmth.
also brings tremendous depth to the plays, taking complex, sophisticated ideas and making them playable in a truly theatrical manner."
plays, including Scientific Americans, Possible Worlds , A Short History of Night, Body and Soul, The Little Years , and Half Life, have been performed across Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States.
has won several national awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
In addition to playwriting, Mr. Mighton completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Toronto and has lectured in Philosophy at McMaster University.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and for the past seven years, has coordinated JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), an innovative school program designed to tutor children who are having difficulties in math.
has written an inspirational book based on his
experiences with JUMP
called The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child , published by House of Anansi Press
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University of Toronto: John Mighton, Mathematician and Author, Alumni Portrait
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Her work has brought to French-speaking audiences a number of works by Canadian playwrights, such as John Mighton's Possible Worlds and Half Life, Morris Panych's Vigil and George F. Walker's Suburban Motel.
Her work has brought to French-speaking audiences a number of works by Canadian playwrights, such as John Mighton's
Possible Worlds and Half Life, Morris Panych's Vigil and George F. Walker's Suburban Motel.
Join us for a reading of Joan's Not Here, a play by Fanny La Croix with dramaturgy by John Mighton
John Mighton is a mathematician, playwright and best-selling author of The End of Ignorance: Multiplying Our Human Potential.
He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and has also taught mathematics at the University of Toronto and lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a Masters in philosophy.
John is the founder of JUMP Math, a charity whose mission is to improve the teaching of mathematics.
recently published an article in Scientific American Mind on the principles of teaching used in JUMP
John's plays, which include Half Life, The Little Years and Possible Worlds, have been produced around the world and have received a number of national awards including two Governor General's awards and the Siminovitch Prize.
John was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his work as a writer and social enterpreneur.
John Mighton, ...
John Mighton, Canada
Dr. John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math.
John completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto and was awarded an NSERC fellowship for postdoctoral research in knot and graph theory.
He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and has also taught mathematics at the University of Toronto.
John also lectured in philosophy at McMaster University, where he received a Masters in philosophy.
almost failed first-year Calculus in university, but his
love of math and his
belief that everyone has great mathematical potential led him to found JUMP Math
as a kitchen-table tutoring group in 1998.
national best-selling book, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, describes his
successes with JUMP Math
, and how anyone can learn and teach math.
John is also a playwright: his plays have been performed across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.
As a mathematician and a playwright, John believes that there are more connections between the arts and the sciences than people generally think, and that scientists and mathematicians are often led by a sense of beauty or elegance, and describe their work in artistic terms.
has given hundreds of talks and training sessions to parents and educators.
In 2004, John
was granted a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship as a social entrepreneur for his
work in fostering numeracy and building young children's self-confidence through JUMP Math
John has received three honorary doctorates in recognition of his lifetime achievements and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010.